Below is the NRA's response to me. I find the first sentence, third paragraph particularly enlightening.
"Dear Mr. Reed,
Thank you for your email.
Recently, concerns have been raised in response to statements made by NRA Board Member Joaquin Jackson to Texas Monthly in 2005. We have received questions from NRA members who are seeking clarity as to NRA's positions on the subject matter discussed in Mr. Jackson's interview. To be clear, NRA supports the right of all law-abiding citizens to Keep and Bear Arms for all lawful purposes. We will continue, as we have in the past, to vigorously oppose any efforts to limit gun ownership by law-abiding citizens as an unconstitutional infringement on our Second Amendment freedoms. These efforts include opposition to any attempts to ban firearms, including firearms incorrectly referred to as "assault weapons", and any attempts to place arbitrary limits on magazine capacity.
I can assure you that the apparent implications of his statement do NOT reflect the NRA's position. We have long acknowledged the Constitutionally protected right of law-abiding citizens to purchase and possess semi-automatic rifles and "high-capacity" magazines for legitimate purposes.
He is one of 76 Directors elected to the Board of Directors by NRA members. They may choose to vote for another candidate in 2010 if they would like someone else to take his seat.
For more information on NRA's legislative efforts to defend the Second Amendment, please visit www.NRAILA.org and www.clintongunban.com.
Thank you again for your email. If you have any more questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at (800) 392-8683.
For the record, here's my original email to Membership/General Comments:
From: edited: Jeff82
Sent: Friday, August 31, 2007 8:49 AM
Subject: What the heck is going on with board member Joaquin Jackson?
His "statement" repudiating his PBS interview is asinine. If I'm to take him at his (second) word then I'm to assume he supports hunters using 5 round machineguns?!! Pure CYA BS!! As they say, "with friends like this... " More irreparable harm to our, scratch that, MY cause.
Too bad I didn't' see this a month or so ago. I wouldn't have upgraded to Patron member. Wouldn't ya know it, as soon as I was getting comfortable with the NRA leadership again and decided to spend some money y'all would show your ignorance again.
Well, the NRA is back on my "no-sh*t-no-pay-no-donation" list for at least a couple more years. Same as the RNC and Repug party. They haven't seen any money from me in almost six years and they won't in the next six either."